Ashen Sky - The Letters of Pliny the Younger on the Eruption of Vesuvius . Pliny

Getty Publications -
Publication date:
15 Nov 2007
J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US
40 pages: 267 x 220 x 9mm
16 detailed relief engravings

Pliny the Younger (C61-112AD) was a Roman official and writer. He has become famous for his two letters to the historian Tacitus, which detail his eye-witness account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD which took the life of his uncle, Pliny the Elder."Ashen Sky" presents readers with a translation of Pliny's letters, accompanied by stunning black-and-white engravings by acclaimed artist Barry Moser, that magnificently illustrate the various descriptions found in the letters. Also included is a brief description of the eruption of the volcano, concise biographies of Tacitus, and of both Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, as well as a summary of how the texts of the two letters have survived until today.

Barry Moser is an internationally renowned wood-carving artist. His work is to be found in museums and special collections around the world.